Great Books on Cycling You Need to Read

A Listmania! list by Gerry
The list author says: "These are books that I've read, nearly all of them found through lists like this one. If you love all things 'bike' like I do, you won't be disappointed by anything you see here. The list is order of how much I enjoyed them, or how useful I feel they are, more or less."
The Escape Artist: Life from the Saddle
1.  The Escape Artist: Life from the Saddle by Matt Seaton
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  "A story of love and loss and the constant thread that weaves its way through it all - cycling."
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The Rider
2.  The Rider by Tim Krabbe
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  "Written in Dutch originally, the translation is hypnotic. Recounts a one-day race in southern France. One of the best-written books on cycling out there, by many accounts."
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French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France
3.  French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France by Tim Moore
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  "Probably the funniest book I have ever read. Period."
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Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance
4.  Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance by Lennard Zinn
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  "Essential resource for those who have two left thumbs, like me. Easy to understand and simply illustrated.My old copy is very well used, as is evident by the amount of oil smudged on from flipping the pages."
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Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France
5.  Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France by Richard Moore
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  "Well written account of the intrigue-filled 1986 Tour de France, where two teammates, Bernard Hinault and Greg Lemond, battle it out for victory. This great book acts as a biography to these two champions, with a healthy background on both of them."
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Bad Blood: The Secret Life of the Tour de France
6.  Bad Blood: The Secret Life of the Tour de France by Jeremy Whittle
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  "In some ways, the follow-up to Kimmage's 'Rough Ride', this book carries on where Kimmage leaves off and details doping through it's 'golden age' - the 1990s...and beyond."
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Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel With a Pro Cyclist (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics)
7.  Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel With a Pro Cyclist (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics) by Paul Kimmage
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  "The first book to open the door onto the insipid world of doping in professional cycling (even if this wasn't the intention of the author). Kimmage is now a sports journalist and and one of the sport's most outspoken critics of doping."
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Put Me Back On My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics)
8.  Put Me Back On My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics) by William Fotheringham
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  "The definitive account of Tom Simpson's short life."
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Need for the Bike
9.  Need for the Bike by Paul Fournel
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  "Many mini chapters of thought on just about everything 'cycling'. He is a great writer, to boot, and the translation from French is top notch."
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It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
10.  It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong
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  "The best book on Armstrong's amazing story. Not Shakespeare, but an easy, enjoyable read."
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Tomorrow, We Ride
11.  Tomorrow, We Ride by Jean Bobet
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  "Written by the great Louison Bobet's brother, Jean. The book paints a vivid picture of bike racing's 'golden years' - the 50s. It's also a touching ballad to a brother."
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We Were Young and Carefree
12.  We Were Young and Carefree by Laurent Fignon
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  "I read this in French, so can't be sure I understood everything! Fignon gives a great picture of what racing was like in the 80's, with candid talk on doping and of course his rivalry with Lemond and Hinault."
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Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell
13.  Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell by Pierre Callewaert
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  "Sometimes awkwardly translated, but infinitely interesting nonetheless, this coffee table book is piled with stories from Hell. It is not a chronological narrative, but sectioned out in themes like 'Hell's Damned' and 'The Velodrome is a Cathedral'."
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